Sara Says: Your Child Should Keep a Spending Journal

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Economists tend to think of people as rational and unemotional when dealing with money. As a parent, you know how difficult it can be to tell your child “no”. That can be emotional for you and your child, can’t it? Even if you never deny your child’s wants (yeah, right), common sense tells us that we aren’t robots that mechanically …

Learning to Pitch: The Business Expo

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I really enjoyed celebrating a great week in Being Your Own Boss camp last week with a Business Expo and Shark Tank. Nearly 80 campers who had completed 5th and 6th grade worked all week on their existing businesses or new business plans and business pitches. By Friday after a pizza party and fun outside on our program deck, they …

Pigs Around Town

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Want a fun way to earn money for your savings account while also getting fun prizes along the way?  Then join us in our Pigs Around Town summer-long scavenger hunt! Fifteen large pig cutouts will be found at various locations throughout Green Valley Ranch and Montbello; all you need to do is take a picture with them. Here’s how it …

Sara Says: Set SMART Goals

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Hockey and soccer goals are great. Savings goals, however, are the best.  Buying a new laptop, car, or house feels great, especially when you’ve scrimped and saved to make that purchase happen. This feeling of pride and satisfaction is something that most kids experience in their school or sports lives, but not in their financial lives. While finances aren’t as …

Exploring Our Monetary System

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On Monday, April 21, the members of the 2013-2014 Youth Advisory Board toured the Federal Reserve’s Denver branch, and the Denver Mint.  We’re lucky to have these two locations right in our city to explore.  It’s a great way to get a deeper understanding of our monetary system in the United States. Federal Reserve After exploring the Money Museum for …

Making $ense of Money

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Have you ever wondered what your 5th or 6th grader might do when they get a job and start paying for all the necessities in life? Look no further than the Money$ense Saturday event we hosted on April 19th. Though the group in attendance was small, the lessons learned were mighty, if not permanent. Luck of the draw The day started …

Concept of the Month: Card Smarts

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Debit and credit cards are all over the place, but do you know how to use them?  This month at Young Americans, we’re talking “Credit and Debit Smarts,” which includes the cards.  Here’s some basic information that’s helpful for our customers ages 12 to 16 who might be interested in applying for one of these cards. Debit Cards Debit cards …

April: Classes and Celebrations

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April is Financial Literacy Month, which means it’s always really busy around Young Americans.  We have so  many fun and exciting ways to get involved at our building and to take the lessons home with you.  Although everything is free, many of these events are first-come first-serve, so be sure to register with the links provided.  As always, if you …